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The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday, May 26, at 3 p.m. to hear the county manager’s presentation of the recommended budget for fiscal year 2023.

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MONROE — Two Union County Public Schools have been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, according to a report from the district office. Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts and Sun Valley Middle now join more than 600 schools around the world as Lighthouse schools.

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The Town of Marshville is offering a new payment system through Invoice Cloud that’s designed to make it easier for residents to make a utility bill payment.

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MONROE — The cheapest price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Union County has matched its all-time high of $4.19, according to data compiled by Gasbuddy.com. Gas prices are up $1.40 per gallon since the beginning of 2022 — the cheapest price in UC was $2.79 on Jan. 2.

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Western Union Elementary is now Union County Public Schools’ only school with a solar panel. It is also one of ten schools in North Carolina to receive it. Principal Kristi Williford and a team of teachers have been on a mission to complete this project to provide added environmental educati…

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Western Union Elementary is now Union County Public Schools’ only school with a solar panel. It is also one of ten schools in North Carolina to receive it. Principal Kristi Williford and a team of teachers have been on a mission to complete this project to provide added environmental educati…

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MONROE — The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Union County dipped into single digits for much of March and April, but newly-reported cases of the pandemic have been ticking up in the month of May.

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Wingate University held its Spring of 2022 graduate Commencement ceremony for the 148 students receiving their diplomas on Wednesday, May 18 in the Academic Quad. The chosen careers of more than two-thirds of the graduates who walked involve healthcare or education.

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UNIONVILLE — The Unionville Town Council unanimously voted to approve policies related to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to renovate the town hall during their meeting on Monday (May 16).

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Fans of live music in Union County have some good options this summer — numerous events featuring local and southern talent are scheduled.

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WINGATE — Wingate University Athletics announced Monday (May 16) that it has received a $2 million gift from Andrew (’01) and Julie Smart that will “significantly advance fundraising for a student-athlete training and development facility,” according to a release from the University. The com…

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WINGATE — More than a year after the opening of the Crowder Welcome Center, Wingate University dedicated the facility last week (May 12), honoring trustee and alum Bill Crowder, beloved retiree Cindy Jordan, as well as the families of C.C. Dickson, Frank Davis and Fulton Huntley, along with …

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Union County Public Communications announced on Friday (May 13) residents in four of its fire districts should expect lower property insurance premiums.

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INDIAN TRAIL — The Town of Indian Trail is hosting a Public Input Meeting for the Indian Trail Road Complete Street project on May 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Shirley Howe Community Room at Town Hall (315 Matthews Indian Trail Rd.).

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The Town of Waxhaw held its annual Kaleidoscope Fest on Saturday (May 14) in downtown. Attendees enjoyed activities for kids, a variety of performances on the Community Stage, shopping from local artists at the gift market and food trucks, who featured choices from Africa, Asia, The Americas…

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WEDDINGTON — “The chair votes no,” were words spoken by Weddington Mayor Craig Horn as he cast his vote on the Weddington Green development. His “no” vote was actually in favor of a motion to deny an application to build Weddington Green. Horn was saying “no” to the development, he later clarified.

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Tyson Foods said it is helping its team members address transportation issues by offering its Commute with Enterprise program. Tyson announced through a press release the ride-share program provides its employees with a low-cost way to commute to work.

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The Water Resources Construction Division of the City of Monroe announced it will be replacing sanitary sewer mains in the street right-of-way on the following streets:

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Nathan Parker named to President’s List

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Early voting for the May 17, 2022 primary election ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Registered voters can cast their early ballots at one of seven locations in Union County.

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INDIAN TRAIL — “Creating and nurturing connections” was the theme for National Nursing Home Week, which started on Monday, May 9. Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation residents and staff enjoyed Monday afternoon by connecting with one another and with children from the Wonder Academy prescho…

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ZACHARY DAY RECEIVES DEGREE FROM BOB JONES UNIVERSITY

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MONROE — The John Foster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Barbara Williams Moore with an Excellence in Community Service award for her work at the Heritage Room, located inside the Historic Courthouse in downtown Monroe. The award was presented to Moore on Tuesda…

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Atrium Health Levine Children’s is the first and only site in the Charlotte area to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine study to healthy children ages six months old to under five years of age. The study will evaluate safety, tolerability and immune response to the vaccine among this …

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The Union County Sheriffs Office (UCSO) Narcotics Eradication Team made an interdiction traffic stop on a vehicle last week occupied by Valerie Marie Mason, 25 of Charlotte, N.C., and her infant child. According to a report by UCSO, the traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of a traf…

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May is National Foster Care Month. Currently, there are more than 150 children experiencing foster care in Union County and only 52 licensed homes in the county, according to a report from Union County Government.

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MONROE — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) has announced its 2022 graduation schedule for high schools. Thirteen commencement ceremonies will be held, starting on May 11 with Union County Early College. The remaining 12 graduations will be held between June 6 and June 9.

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MONROE — Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey and deputies participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the North Carolina Special Olympics on Thursday morning (May 5) near Walter Bickett Education Center.

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MONROE — A Union County social worker is being honored with Union County’s Lifesaver Award for her attentiveness and actions to help save the life of a client who complained of shortness of breath.

RALEIGH -- Governor Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday (May 4) that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the 2020 murder of Maliki Byrd, age 16, and the attempted murder of Chrishaun Hough,…

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The sister of former Union Academy Charter School Spanish teacher and basketball coach Barney Dale Harris II and wife of Steven Alexander Stewart Jr. was arrested on March 30, 2022 for Obstruction of Justice, Alamance County Sheriff’s office has confirmed to the Enquirer-Journal.

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INDIAN TRAIL — New residents ask what it is, but locals ask if it’s still open. These are two questions about the Crystal Shoppe that have clear answers.

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MARSHVILLE — JL Elite Feed & Seed, a locally owned-and-operated business that opened in September of 2020, will host its second annual Expo event at the Union County Agricultural & Conference Center at 3230-D Presson Rd. in Monroe. It is their first in-person event following the afte…